The devastated father of the Amy Byrne wept as he told mourners how he regretted he would never get to walk his daughter up the aisle on her wedding day.

Paul Byrne addressed the congregation during the funeral of his young daughter, who died tragically last weekend on the day of her First Holy Communion. when she fell from a bouncy castle.

Fourteen girls and boys formed a guard of honor on Tuesday as the mourners gathered to say goodbye to the eight-year-old, who was buried in her communion dress.

The requiem mass was held in, St Gobnait's Church, about five miles from Dungarvan, Co Waterford,  the same church where Amy received her First Holy Communion just last Saturday.

The young girl sustained fatal head injuries when a gust of wind caused her to loose her footing on a bouncy castle and fall onto the ground.

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To represent her love of art, sport and reading, gifts symbolizing her short life were brought to the alter including a Roald Dahl book, a sports top, one of her drawings and her coloring pencils.

Her father recalled how Amy loved to read and would often entertain her younger brothers Michael and Thomas.

"When the lads would go up to bed, we'd go up 10 minutes later to check them and they'd all be there in the one bed, with Amy reading them a story," Paul told mourners.

In accordance with the Byrne’s family wishes, instead of delivering a homily Fr Michael Kennedy invited those present to reflect in silence on Amy’s life and the memories she left behind, telling them; "She's looking down on us, smiling at us."


A Portlaoise priest, Fr Paddy Byrne , suggests that First Holy Communion and Confirmations be delayed until adulthood, to prevent the sacraments from becoming hollow moments.Google Images